Full cooperation will be extended to ECP for transparent by-polls, says Kamran

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Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal has said that full cooperation will be extended to the Election Commission of Pakistan to ensure free, fair and transparent by-elections in 20 constituencies of the Provincial Assembly.

“It’s our responsibility that not only the elections should be held free, fair and transparent but the election process should also appear completely transparent and free,” the Chief Secretary said while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Civil Secretariat on Friday. The meeting reviewed he arrangements made to ensure peaceful conduct of by-elections in 20 constituencies of the Provincial Assembly. IG Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Secretary Information, and officers concerned attended the meeting while the concerned divisional commissioners, regional police officers, deputy commissioners and DPOs participated through video link. The Chief Secretary said that strict action would be taken against those who obstructed the election process without any discrimination, irrespective of their affiliation with any political party. He said that violation of law would not be tolerated under any circumstances and immediate and strict action will be taken against law breakers. He warned that strict action will be taken over display of arms, adding that no one will be allowed to carry, display or use even any licensed weapon on the election day and the license of such persons will be cancelled.

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